Ever since rock began, it has been kind of like a little boy’s fort with a big NO WOMEN ALLOWED sign (Written in adorable crooked letters, which is probably the only time misogyny has ever been considered the least bit adorable). The history of rock, and especially punk, has been dismissive at best, if not completely overlooking women’ contributions. In recent years a number of books have started to alleviate the problem, especially with memoirs like Alice Bag’s Violence Girl and Viv Albertine’s Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.: A Memoir.
In order to get a more balanced history, Tanya Pearson started The Women of Rock Oral History Project. So far Pearson has collected more than 30 interviews with women musicians like Lydia Lunch, Alice Bag, Exene, and Donita Sparks. The digital recordings and transcripts are housed in the Smith College archives.
Tonight, January 11th, Pearson will be presenting a fundraiser at Zebulon in Frogtown (Across from Hully gully, for you old-timers). The event starts at 7pm with a panel that includes Patty Schemel, Michelle Gonzales and Allison Wolfe. At 8pm there will be a second panel comprised of Patti Quatro, Alice de Buhr and Brie Howard Darling. The final panel at 8:45 will feature Alice Bag and Phranc, among others.
At 9:45, prepare to rock. Live music sets from Neon Music, Phranc (Who may or may not be planning to perform her “Phag” project with Alice Bag), lo-fi queen Azalia, author and musician Kristin Hersh, and Legal Weapon, who flew in original drummer Brian Hansen especially for this gig. You can meet and greet with amazing musicians (and maybe get something signed) until 1am.
Check out the full lineup and set times after the break.
Alice de Buhr
Brie Howard Darling
9:45-10:00 Neon Music
10:30-11:00 Kristin Hersh
11:15-12:00 Legal Weapon/ brief chat with Kat Arthur before set
Meet and Greet until 1am